PAX Prime 2012: Nintendo will be there with Wii U and 3DS
8/30/2012 1:34:00 AM
Ah Nintendo, always ready with a self-aggrandizing press release. Joking aside, Nintendo has a bigger then usual presence at PAX Prime this year, bringing out the big guns on both Wii U and 3DS to entice the convention-goers. To be honest Wii U's launch lineup is still looking rather pale and anemic, but that might have something to do with Ubisoft's hopeful killer app, ZombieU, being the most promising title in there. Naturally other favorites like New Super Mario Bros. U and Pikmin 3 will be on hand, but we're also getting a look at Kirby's 20th Anniversary Collection.
3DS has a good showing, with New Super Mario Bros. 2, Luigi's Mansion Dark Moon, Trine 2 Director's Cut and Epic Mickey Power of Illusion. Nintendo will also have their own gaming lounge set up, where they'll have a Kid Icarus Uprising tournament and--I kit you not--a bubble-gum blowing competition for Kirby's 20th. I have a feeling that after this year's dismal E3, Nintendo is starting to feel the heat and they're pushing for more good publicity--god knows they need it right now.
Nintendo News: Nintendo Bringing Wii U to PAX Prime
SEATTLE--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- This year’s PAX Prime event will be action-packed, thanks to special game sampling opportunities and activities from Nintendo. Taking place Aug. 31 through Sept. 2 at Seattle’s Washington State Convention Center, the show will offer attendees the opportunity to play the groundbreaking Wii U™ system and several upcoming games, including Pikmin™ 3, ZombiU™ and New Super Mario Bros.™ U. The Wii U console launches this holiday season and introduces the Wii U GamePad, a controller with a 6.2-inch touch screen that redefines how people interact with their games, their entertainment and one another. The Nintendo booth (#462) will be the site of hands-on Wii U game demos, giving fans an early chance to check out the system’s unique integrated second-screen gaming experiences.
PAX Prime attendees can also visit the Nintendo Gaming Lounge on levels 2 and 3 of the North Galleria to experience unreleased games for the Nintendo 3DS™ and Nintendo DS™ hand-held systems and a special Kirby™ game collection for the Wii™ console. All Nintendo 3DS software will be playable on the new Nintendo 3DS XL, which features 90 percent larger screens compared to Nintendo 3DS. Fans of the Kirby, Paper Mario™ and Kid Icarus™ series will enjoy one-of-a-kind opportunities to celebrate these extraordinary franchises, and the Nintendo Gaming Lounge will include a special Pokémon™ area, where fans can gather to battle and trade with other Pokémon Trainers.
On Aug. 31 at 6:30 p.m., a live Kid Icarus™: Uprising multiplayer tournament will take place in the Nintendo Gaming Lounge on the third floor of the Washington State Convention Center, challenging new and experienced players to show their skills. Tournament participants are encouraged to bring their own Nintendo 3DS system and copy of the game, and will compete in wireless three-on-three Light vs. Dark multiplayer battles. The first, second and third place winners will receive a Core Set of the Kid Icarus: Uprising AR Cards, containing more than 400 AR Cards that have been released to date, as well as Nintendo Prepaid Cards. Tournament participants will receive Kid Icarus: Uprising Series 2 AR Card packs while supplies last. Series 2 AR Card packs will also be given away in the Nintendo booth during show hours, while supplies last.
On Sept. 1, Kirby fans are invited to take part in a special Guinness World Records® attempt to celebrate Kirby’s 20th anniversary and the upcoming launch of Kirby’s Dream Collection: Special Edition for Wii. The attempt will take place on the fourth floor of the Washington State Convention Center (4A). Participants will aim to break the record for the most people blowing a chewing gum bubble simultaneously. PAX Prime attendees will witness a sea of pink bubbles that resemble Kirby himself and pay tribute to his two decades of video game fun.
Meanwhile, PAX Prime attendees will be able to hunt and collect stickers being distributed throughout the venue (while supplies last) in celebration of the Nov. 11 launch of Paper Mario™: Sticker Star for Nintendo 3DS. Attendees will be challenged to find three game-themed stickers by following clues posted on Nintendo’s official Twitter account, @NintendoAmerica. Consumers who collect all three stickers and bring them to a Nintendo representative at the Nintendo Gaming Lounge will be awarded a special bonus sticker. A collectible Paper Mario: Sticker Star sticker book will be given away at retailers nationwide closer to the launch of the game, giving PAX Prime attendees a way to proudly showcase their collection. More details about the sticker book will be revealed at a later time.
Below is a complete list of games that will be available for sampling at PAX Prime:
• ZombiU (Ubisoft)
• Pikmin 3
• New Super Mario Bros. U
• Project P-100 (working title)
• Ninja Gaiden™ 3: Razor’s Edge
• Nintendo Land™
• Scribblenauts™ Unlimited (Warner Bros. Interactive)
• Trine 2™: Director’s Cut (Frozenbyte)
• Paper Mario: Sticker Star
• Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask™
• Luigi’s Mansion™: Dark Moon
• Adventure Time™: Hey Ice King! Why’d You Steal Our Garbage?! (D3Publisher)
• Disney Epic Mickey: Power of Illusion (Disney Interactive)
• Skylanders Giants™ (Activision Publishing)
• New Super Mario Bros.™ 2
• Mario Kart™ 7
• Kid Icarus: Uprising
Nintendo eShop for Nintendo 3DS
• Fluidity: Spin Cycle
• Pokédex™ 3D Pro
• 3D Classics: Kirby’s Adventure™
• Pokémon™ Conquest
• Kirby’s Dream Collection: Special Edition
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